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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Diver Down

And if you didn't already pick up a copy of August edition of Diver magazine (shame on you if you didn't), the article, minus a good few of the photos missing, is now on the Diver website.

Link: HERE

And just in case you can't be arsed clicking over to Divernet then here's the whole thing below with all the lovely pictures intact. You're welcome. 

P.S. Go and buy a copy or take out a subscription, it's the best dive mag out there.


Black Rain

It was a full on weather front when we jumped in, surf, surge, current, rain, thunder, lightning, we just needed snow and we would have had the complete set. Despite all that (or even because of it), it was still an enjoyable 100 minutes or so in the water with pretty reasonable viz despite everything else.

We headed for the deep first to see what we could see and try and find this alleged hammerhead that gets reported every now and then but no one has actually provided any photographic evidence of it. You know the rules, if there's no pictures, it didn't happen. 

With vibrant rope and barrel sponges topped of with swirling clouds of fusiliers, surgeon and triggerfish, there was plenty of colours, like boxful of monkeys got loose in a paint shop. Throw in a few hinds and groupers and you've got an eclectic mix of marine life and that's your starter for ten.

Almost forgot to mention the Southern stingrays that were hiding out in the sand, waiting to pounce for the camera, those sneaky devils........

From the deepest of the deep to the beautiful ugly of the shallows, for your horror and delight, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the peacock flounder in all its glory. I love these things as they are so interesting to photograph, they have some lovely detail and colours, they always make great subjects if you can catch one sitting still for more than five seconds.

Another one of my favourites was also hanging around. This banded jawfish has been at the same spot for some time now and he's got very accustomed to me turning up for a shot or two. Or three.

 And if you're willing to look hard enough and have some patience, the little stuff will come to you. Throw some mantis shrimp in there, spiny, rough head, secretary, triple fin, orange saddled blennies and much more besides, you've got a recipe for a thoroughly entertaining dive.